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Appellate Court Opines On Propriety Of Communications Between Condominium Board Members

On the heels of the long-awaiting reversal of the Spanish Courts II appellate decision, condominium associations have been hit again with a First District Appellate Court ruling which has the potential to drastically impact...more

Illinois Supreme Court Reaffirms Forcible Entry Remedy, Reversing in Spanish Court Two Condominium

One of the two most anxiously awaited cases on the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket was handed down this morning, and it was a big win for Illinois condominium associations: a sharply divided Court reversed the...more

Joint Venturer May Be Partner By Estoppel

Benjamin Disraeli is often credited with saying “With words we rule men”. I haven’t found a source for that particular quotation. Even if he never uttered or wrote those words, I like the quote and the idea that the former...more

Drones And HOAs: How Homeowners Associations And Condominium Associations Can Be Prepared To Deal With The New Technology

Amazon.com’s recent announcement – that in the future it may utilize unmanned drones to deliver packages to individual residences – has created a host of novel legal issues that all homeowners associations should consider and...more

IRS Issues Long-Promised Guidance Following Historic Boardwalk Decision

To welcome in the new year, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued Rev. Proc. 2014-12, 2014-3 I.R.B. 415, to provide administrative guidance to the federal historic tax credit industry in the aftermath of the Third...more

Editorial: Pitfalls In Fla.'s Revised Condo Termination Statute

In 2007, the condominium termination statute (Section 718.117 of Florida Statutes) was completely rewritten to address problems with an aging condominium inventory and declarations that typically required 100 percent of unit...more

Winthrop & Weinstine Summary of Revenue Procedure 2014-12

Scope of the Guidance & General Information - 1. Application of the Guidance is limited to allocations of HTC from Buildings that are placed in service on or after December 30, 2013. 2. This means the Guidance...more

Federal Court Dismisses FCA Claims Against Bank’s Outside Directors

On January 3, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that a relator failed to support allegations that the outside directors of a failed bank misrepresented to the FDIC the quality of the bank’s...more

RETT: Reentry of partner in property owning partnership

Transfer of interests leads to loss of qualification as a former partner within the meaning of Sec. 1 para 2a RETTA. The Federal Financial Court of Germany recently decided that real estate transfer tax (RETT) is due...more

BFH: Grunderwerbsteuer bei Wiedereintritt eines Gesellschafters in die Personengesellschaft

Verlust der (Alt-)Gesellschafterstellung in einer Personengesellschaft i.S.d. § 1 Abs. 2a GrEStG durch zivilrechtlich wirksame Übertragung des Mitgliedschaftsrechts. In einem kürzlich veröffentlichten Urteil (II R 3/11)...more

IRS Issues Important Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Guidance

Background - On December 30, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued its long-awaited historic rehabilitation tax credit guidance in the form of a Revenue Procedure that outlines a safe harbor for allocations of the...more

Michigan State Tax Commission Issues Clarification On New Uncapping Statute

As discussed previously on our blog, on December 14, 2012, the Michigan legislature enacted a law, Public Act 497 of 2012 (HR 4753), to prevent the uncapping of property taxes on certain transfers of residential property...more

Buying a house from a non-human entity or the dead

The tale behind a real estate transaction usually follows the same pattern: a potential buyer approaches a seller after viewing the advertised property, negotiations commence and the parties arrive at a meeting of the minds...more

Common Elements Deficiency Claims – A Recent Case Decision

In a recent court decision, the court determined that it was legal for a developer to limit its liability with respect to common elements deficiency claims so that the developer would not be responsible for any claims in...more

The Condominium Corporation and the Developer Board

Upon the registration of a condominium plan at Land Titles (or the first phase of a condominium plan in the case of a phased development), a condominium corporation is created. The condominium corporation is the vehicle by...more

Calif. Taxpayers: You Can['t] Check Out Any Time You Like

For California's high-earners and business owners, Proposition 30's passage in November 2012 was a "cross the Rubicon" moment. First, Proposition 30 increased tax rates retroactively to the beginning of 2012....more

Governor Yellen Addresses Bank Director Removal Over Foreclosure Practices; Lawmakers Press Regulators On Independent Foreclosure...

On November 18, Federal Reserve Chair nominee Janet Yellen responded to a recent inquiry by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) seeking more details about the Federal Reserve Board’s process for determining whether bank officers...more

Federal Court Allows FDIC D&O Suit Involving Business Judgment Rule To Proceed

On November 14, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia denied motions to dismiss filed by former officers and directors of a failed federal thrift who allegedly contributed to the bank’s collapse...more

Editorial: Fla.'s 'Safe Harbor' Most Litigators Are Not Familiar With

First mortgage lenders acquiring title to collateral consisting of condominium units or homes in a homeowners community are afforded protection against assessment liability under both the Florida Condominium Act (Chapter 718...more

Condominium Act 2014? Manager Licensing

The sensational stories in the news over the past few years, about condominium corporations left with depleted reserve funds as a result of fraud by condo managers, has now piqued the government’s and public’s interest in the...more

Condominium Act Update On Stage Two Recommendations – Governance

The Stage 2 Solutions Report on the Condominium Act review (the “Report”) identifies five key areas for improvement relating to condo governance. The key areas and recommendations are summarized below...more

Condominium Act 2014? Update On Stage Two Recommendations On Consumer Protection

As we noted in our previous blog, the Stage Two Solutions Report on the Condominium Act Review (the “Report”) focused on five major areas where it was noted that changes are recommended. One of these areas is consumer...more

Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Fall 2013

In this Issue: - Limited Liability Companies — The Best of All Worlds? - Employees Are Responsible for Beneficiary Designations - Protect Your Plastic - HOA Can Regulate Common Area -...more

Manufacturers May Be Exempt From Liability Under the Condominium Act

In a recent decision, the Fourth District Court of Appeal of Florida strictly construed the terminology of the Condominium Act in favor of material manufacturers. See Port Marina Condo. Assoc., Inc. v. Roof Svcs., Inc., --...more

The Condominium Act, 2014? Update On Review And Recommendations

At only thirteen years young, the Condominium Act, 1998 (which became effective in 2001) is currently undergoing a full-scale review, led by Ontario’s Ministry of Consumer Services and Canada’s Public Policy Forum. The second...more

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